2003 Scholarship winners announced

GLENDORA, Calif. - The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) has announced the recipients of the 2003 NHRA Youth and Education Services Sears Craftsman Scholarship. Three students from each of the seven geographic divisions of the NHRA received...

GLENDORA, Calif. - The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) has announced the recipients of the 2003 NHRA Youth and Education Services Sears Craftsman Scholarship. Three students from each of the seven geographic divisions of the NHRA received $1,000 awards.

One of the 21 recipients will be selected as the grand-prize winner and awarded a scholarship valued at up to $25,000 which will be presented at the Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals at Gateway International Raceway on Sunday, June 29.

The Sears Craftsman Scholarship is funded to provide an incentive for graduating high school seniors to continue their education at the post secondary level, while acknowledging the academic achievement, citizenship, extracurricular activities, community service, and work experience of each applicant.

Winners of the scholarship were assessed on the five following categories: Scholastic record, school activities and community involvement, personal, handwritten statement (essay), recommendations and financial need.

Winners included: (Division 1, Northeast) Lee Schwab, North Java, N.Y.;

Christopher Cycak, Creamridge, N.J.; Graham Berry, Kensington, N.H.; (Division 2, Southeast) Timothy White, Valrico, Fla.; Michael Scoma, Middleburg, Fla.; Eric Elrod, Chatsworth, Ga.; (Division 3, North Central) Rachel Markos, Battle Creek, Mich.; Christopher Smith, Mooresville, Ind.; Chad Weaver, Alliance, Ohio; (Division 4, South Central) Rusty Bramlett, Clarksville, Ark.; Collin Hadley, Paris, Texas; Jared Rowlan, Waka, Texas; (Division 5, West Central) Gavin Young, Wheaton, Minn.; Saburo Watanabe, Hudson, Colo.; Brian Amass, Rolla, Mo.; (Division 6, Northwest) Justin Frantz, Eagle Point, Ore.; Kyle McDaniel, Wallowa, Ore.; Adam DePeel, Gladstone, Ore.; (Division 7, Pacific) Daniel Gamble, Battle Mountain, Nev.; Nick Holmer, Reno, Nev.; Brian Mills, Willcox, Ariz.

Craftsman is the Official Tools of the NHRA and sponsors the annual Sears Craftsman Nationals at Gateway International Raceway. According to a 2002 EquiTrend survey, Craftsman is rated the No. 1 brand in the nation among men for overall quality. Sears sells more than 1,600 Craftsman hand tools that are guaranteed forever. If any Craftsman hand tool ever fails to provide complete satisfaction, return for free repair or replacement. Sears offers Craftsman tools, merchandise and related services nationwide through its Full-line stores, Sears Hardware stores, Sears Dealer stores and Orchard Supply Hardware stores, as well as through specialty catalogs and online at www.sears.com.

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., the NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 23 national events through its NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. The NHRA has more than 80,000 members nationwide and more than 140 member tracks. The NHRA-sanctioned sportsman and bracket racing series' provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels. The NHRA develops the stars of tomorrow by offering the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series, NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series and the NHRA Street Legal Program. The NHRA also offers the Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.

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